Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bar Stools Makeover

I am sure at one time or another everyone has had these bar stools in their kitchens...You all know the ones I am talking about, the cheapest bar stools at Target, Walmart or Kmart.
 Well, I have three of these beauties and I have had them for over 10 years. I also have three boys, 8, 9 and 10 who have eaten probably 90% of their breakfasts and lunches at these three bar stools. My three boys are not neat when eating. These bar stools have dried on milk, Cheerios and other things that I don't want to even begin to think what it is! It has gotten to the point where I can't even look at them anymore.

So, I did it. I packed up these three bar stools, put them in the trunk and headed straight over to my dad's house. I didn't even tell my dad I was there. I put the bar stools in my dad's garage and waited for him to notice. About three hours later, my dad calls me to inquire why my bar stools are at his house. I just said, "Dad, please paint these bar stools black." After many hours of sanding these beauties, finally, he was able to paint them. Well, tonight, my dad returned the bar stools. 
10 times better! I love them black! I am certain that the black will cover up all the spills and wipes. Yes, I have three of these bar stools, one is hiding in my sewing room for this picture!

I wanted to dress the stools up just a bit. I decided I wanted to make covers for the top of the stools so that when that day comes when one of the boys "accidentally" spills on the stool, I can just whip off the cover, wash it and then put it back on the stool, and then I have a new looking bar stool again!

I have a ton of fabric. So, while I was trying to decide with what fabric to use, I remembered that in the garage I still had some of the fabric left from the simple valances that I have up in the kitchen. 
That was the answer, I got the fabric, started measuring, cutting and sewing and this is what I ended up with... 
I love them! No more yuk on my stools!
And, to top it off (Ha, no pun intended there!) I have a bunch of fleece interfacing that is the sew in kind, which I will never use, so I used it under the covers for padding on the bar stool. So, not only do they look great, they are comfy to sit on too!  
I am really happy with how these turned out! From start to finish to make the covers, 1 hour. Cost, nothing!

A special thank you to my dad for sanding and painting these stools!


  1. How cute the look and that pop of red.. I LOVE!!

  2. Those are about 10 million times better than the boring oak stools! Such a fun way to dress up your kitchen!

    Thanks for sharing in FFA!


  3. Great makeover! Love the "skirts," thanks so much for linking up :)

  4. Wow! What a great idea! It makes it look so elegant and custom. I'm visiting from Judy's party and I'm now your newest follower! :-)

  5. yes, great idea~ i always wanted to decopodge mine, but this is better! thanks for sharing

  6. They are beautiful! I'd do this with mine in a heartbeat but my 5 are used for child care...might do it anyway!

  7. Thanks for all the nice compliments! Stacy...I have 4 very crazy boys that jump up and down all the time on these stools, and the covers seem to be taking it well!

    Beth, the original idea was to decopodge these, then I ended up sewing the covers.

  8. Love what you did. That is such a great design and much better than the boring old stool look!

  9. Great.. such a nice printed bar stools.I would like to buy few like those bar stools for my new shop.Really like those ones.These are really good to print numbers on bar stools.

  10. Wow. This so creative. This has better design that the other bar stools for sale out there.


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